of Canada went wire-to-wire at the 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup capturing her second World Cup title Saturday at Sharovaya Molniya Bowling Center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.
Lagrange (pictured left), who won her first World Cup in Melaka, Malaysia, in 2009, defeated Cherie Tan (right) of Singapore in the title match in best-of-three games format, two-games-to-one.
Lagrange struck nine times in the first game to take a 1-0 lead, 242-207. In the second game, Lagrange failed to convert a 2-7-8 split in the ninth frame and Tan took advantage and went off the sheet for a 247-212 win to force a deciding third game.
The third game was close throughout. Finishing first, Lagrange had two chances to shut out the Tan, but missed both. Working on three strikes it must have felt like deja-vu for the Canadian, as she left another 2-7-8 split, but this time, she was able to convert it.
Leading by three pins heading into the frame, Lagrange got only the first strike and finished with 9-miss for 215.
Lefty Tan got up and needed a doubles and three pins to win back-to-back women’s titles for Singapore after Shayna Ng’s win in 2012. She struck on her first ball but left a 7-pin on the second which sealed her fate.
In the opening match, Tan swept two-time World Cup champion Aumi Guerra (right) of the Dominican Republic, 2-0. Guerra has won the titles in 2010 and 2011 and finished second to Ng last year, had to settle for third place.
Lagrange is the fifth women who has won multiple World Cup titles after Janette Baker, Australia (1982 & 1983), Pauline Smith, England (1981 & 1993), Shannon Pluhowsky, United States (2002 & 2004) and Guerra.
Lagrange averaged 233.13 this morning in round robin match play and won seven of her eight matches to easily earn the No. 1 seed with 9884 total including 210 bonus (30 per win) and an overall average of 241.85 over 40 games.
Guerra, who averaged 229.25 and had a 4-4 match record, had a 299 in game 37 to miss her first 300 game in a World Cup and the 17th this year by one pin. Guerra earned the No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals with 9643 total, 272 pins ahead of Tan.
The Singaporean had the highest average of 234.75 today and went 4-4 in match play to beat out Team USA’s Danielle McEwan (left) for the third and last place to advance by 66 pins, 9371 to 9305. McEwan finished fourth as she did in Wroclaw, Poland, last year.
The World Cup featured a long qualifying format as all players bowled four six-game blocks over four days. The field was then cut to the top 24 men and top 24 women for eight additional games to determine the top eight for round-robin match play. After eight games of match play, the top three men and top three women advanced to the stepladder finals.
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Photos by Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler (pictured right).
Peter Hellström leads top eight men into Round Robin at 49th Bowling World Cup
Caroline Lagrange stays atop the women’s leaderboard as the field is cut to 8
Peter Hellström regains lead to earn high qualifier honors at Bowling World Cup
Caroline Lagrange wins women’s qualifying at 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Hellström, Parshukov, Caminsky roll 1500-series to lead the third round in men’s qualifying
Caroline Lagrange shoots the first 300 game by a woman on Day Three Qualifying at BWC
Cherie Tan, Aumi Guerra lead the women’s second qualifying round at 49th Bowling World Cup
Peter Hellström shoots another 1500-series to widen his lead in Men’s World Cup
Caroline Lagrange sets the bar with a 1510 series to lead Bowling World Cup women’s division
Peter Hellström averages over 257 to take the first round lead in Men’s World Cup
Preview and Qualifiers
Review: Women’s Semifinals & Finals
Review: Men’s and Women’s Round of 8
49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Women’s Stepladder Finals
Sharovaya Molniya Bowling Center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia (Nov. 15-24, 2013)
1. Caroline Lagrange, Canada
2. Cherie Tan, Singapore
3. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic
Semifinal: No. 3 Tan (214, 245) def. No. 2 Guerra (208, 203), 2-0
Championship: No. 1 Lagrange (242, 212, 215) def. Tan (207, 247, 213), 2-1.
Women’s Division – Round of 8 Results
The top 8 after 32 games advance to round robin match play.